The inaugural O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference begins today at the Westin in Santa Clara, California. Sponsored by Macworld Magazine and others, this conference is intended to assist Mac OS X users and developers in addition to fostering a sense of community among Mac developers and their Unix counterparts in Mac OS X.
Some of the brightest lights in the Mac OS X sky will present tutorials and sessions at the conference, including David Pogue, author of “Mac OS X: The Missing Manual” and New York Times technology columnist; TidBits publisher Adam Engst; Jordan Hubbard, manager of BSD technologies at Apple and co-founder of the FreeBSD project; and Wilfredo Sanchez Vega, the developer of the Darwin OS.
Monday covers a full day of many nuts and bolts issues in programming within Mac OS X. Attendees will advance their knowledge of such goodies as Objective C, Apple Script, Perl, Java, Cocoa and Mac OS X’s terminal application. There will also be a series on Mac OS X and wireless networks.
Tuesday will be the conference’s big day, beginning with keynote presentations by Tim O’Reilly and David Pogue. The rest of the day will include dozens of sessions covering programming in Cocoa, learning iPhoto and iMovie, developing using Darwin and the Mac OS X user interface and Darwin for Unix users.
Tuesday evening, Tim O’Reilly will join Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Victor Nemechek of El Gato Software, J. D. Lasica of the Online Journalism Review and Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News in a keynote entitled “Mac OS X, a digital rights management operating system.” There will also be tutorials on RealBasic and WebObjects. Also scheduled is a conference entitled “Mac OS X is just another Unix — Writing Portable Applications.”
On Wednesday, there are dozens more sessions on Mac OS X and Linux, Quartz, Cocoa and Mac OS X website hosting. There will also be a keynote by Apple’s Jordan Hubbard entitled “Mac OS X: Unix moves out.” Apple’s Stuart Cheshire and Chris Bourdon will also be on hand Wednesday morning to discuss Rendezvous.
For the conference’s last day, respected former Apple engineer Wilfredo Sanchez Vega will discuss Project Hannah, how Darwin was developed at Apple, and open source at Apple. There will also be around a dozen more conferences and tutorials relevant to developing with and for Mac OS X.
For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.